Reinforced concrete piles

Reinforced concrete piles are one of the most common types of foundation.

RCP’s can be created onsite, or be precast and prestressed offsite and placed, or driven, where the construction is taking place.

The advantage of these types of piles is that they reduce settlement at sites that have weak, compressible soils. Concrete’s relatively low tensile strength and ductility are compensated for by the inclusion of reinforcement. The alkalinity of the concrete protects the steel rebar from corrosion.

“Reinforced concrete piles are one of the most simple techniques for creating foundations.

“You drill a hole, put in the reinforcement steel, and pour in the concrete. That’s the start to finish..

“The use of RCP’s is very much a horses for courses, case by case examination and decision.

“Their use, or the employment of some other foundation type depends very much on the load, condition of the geologies, and the building and resource consents which are obtained.

“Ät CLL we understand all the variables which impact on the possible use of RCP’s and whether they are the client’s best option. We proudly call ourselves foundation experts.”